FAQs

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. Please contact us for further information if you are unable to find an answer to your query.
What is Citizenship by Investment?
Several countries have programmes which allow one to acquire citizenship of the given country by investing a certain amount in the country’s economy. The investment may be in real estate, government bonds, or by other methods, and the required amount may vary depending on the relevant country’s programme. This is citizenship by investment.
What is a Golden Visa?
A golden visa is a residency permit/visa which a country may grant based on an applicant investing a certain amount of capital in the country’s economy. The amount and investment method may differ depending on the programme specific to the individual country. Residency programmes require a period of actual “residency” in the host country, but these can be very swift, sometimes as short as a week.
What does visa free travel mean?
Visa free travel is the ability to travel across borders to another country without having to apply for a permit from the country one wishes to visit. Residency visas such as golden visas and second citizenships can enhance this ability.
Can I pay you through an international bank account?
Yes, as most banks allow international bank transfer. We also accept payments through PayPal or credit card.
Do I have to live in a country to get a residency permit there?

Cyprus: No, but you and any family members involved must visit, or begin residing, within one year of receiving the permit. You must visit every two years. If you are already residing, you and your family must officially state that you will not undertake employment in Cyprus. Please note that this is not applicable to those receiving dividends from a Cyprus registered company.

Malta: No, but you must spend six consecutive months or ten aggregated months outside of Malta every five years after the residence certificate is issued.

Portugal: No, but you must spend one week in Portugal in the first year of acquiring the permit, and two weeks in the following years.

Spain: No, but you must have lived in the country for the relevant time period in order to apply for permanent residency or citizenship.

UK: Yes, for at least 183 days per year.

Can I move to another country with my spouse?

Cyprus: Yes.

Malta: Yes.

Portugal: Yes.

Spain: Yes.

UK: Yes.

Can I move to another country with my children?

Cyprus: Residency permit – yes, for dependent children under the age of 25 if they are studying at university.
Citizenship – yes for dependent children and grandchildren under the age of 28.

Malta: Residency permit – yes, for dependent children under the age of 26, with the exception of children that are married.
Citizenship – yes, for dependent children under the age of 26, with the exception of children that are married.

Portugal: Residency permit – yes, for dependent children under the age of 18
Citizenship – yes, for dependent children under the age of 18.

Spain: Yes, for dependent children

UK: Yes, for dependent children

How long does it take to get a residency permit?

Cyprus: The approval letter normally takes around two months to arrive. You must then visit within one year to provide biometric information for the residency permit.

Malta: Between four to six months once the application is submitted.

Portugal: Between four to six months once the application is submitted.

Spain: Within 20 working days after the application is submitted.

UK: Within three weeks once the application is submitted.

How long is the residency permit valid?

Cyprus: Five years, which can then be extended by two years, after which citizenship can be applied for.

Malta: There is no expiration, but it is monitored annually for the first five years. After this, the permit is monitored once every five years.

Portugal: The residency permit is valid for one year, and is then renewed for two subsequent periods of two years. Permanent residency can then be applied for.

Spain: The residency permit is valid for one year, and is then renewed for two subsequent periods of two years. Permanent residency can then be applied for.

UK: The permit is valid for three years initially, but can be renewed for a further two years.

How long does it take to get a citizenship by investment?

Cyprus: Typically around three months.

Malta: Typically about four months.

Portugal: Typically six years.

Spain: Citizens of Latin America, Andorra, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, and Jews of Spanish origin must have resided in Spain for two years. Citizens of other countries must have lived in Spain for ten years.

UK: Typically six years.

Why should I use Global Citizens Solutions rather than doing it myself?
  • Peace of mind
  • Professional and experienced service
  • Hassle-free
  • We can minimize the visits to the designated country
  • We represent your interest
  • We know our way around the market
  • Accountability
  • Full relocation services
  • All requirements are under one roof
  • Flat fee
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